Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal)


WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

The 2019/20 Lake Burley Griffin Recreational Season has closed. Water quality sampling and analysis for the 2020/21 Recreational Season will commence on Monday 12 October 2020. Results will be posted on Thursday 15 October 2020.

As the season is over and weekly testing has ceased, we are unable to advise the species of algae present and concentration of algae in the Lake.

Not all algae is dangerous, however, as a precaution we advise that the public and their pets avoid swimming in areas where there is visible algae.

Swimming during the colder months is not recommended. For watercraft safety tips visit https://bit.ly/2G75LK8

SITE INFORMATION

On the northern shores of West Basin in Lake Burley Griffin, this area provides the triathlon swimming training course. Currently this area is undergoing major civil works as part of the ACT Government’s City to the Lake project.

This area is within walking distance to the city centre of Canberra.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on April 6th, 2020. National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on April 8th, 2020 at 9:40 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Monitoring Frequency

Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal) is sampled weekly from October 8th to April 8th.

Source Information

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).

Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).

Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:

Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (?50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ?125,000 cells/ml) levels.

The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week during the season with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at
https://www.nca.gov.au/national-land/lake-burley-griffin-management/lake-water-quality

Follow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.

Water quality information and data requests can be sent to lakeburleygriffin@nca.gov.au

Water Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

Water Quality Graph

Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal)


COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on April 6th, 2020. National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on April 8th, 2020 at 9:40 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

The 2019/20 Lake Burley Griffin Recreational Season has closed. Water quality sampling and analysis for the 2020/21 Recreational Season will commence on Monday 12 October 2020. Results will be posted on Thursday 15 October 2020.

As the season is over and weekly testing has ceased, we are unable to advise the species of algae present and concentration of algae in the Lake.

Not all algae is dangerous, however, as a precaution we advise that the public and their pets avoid swimming in areas where there is visible algae.

Swimming during the colder months is not recommended. For watercraft safety tips visit https://bit.ly/2G75LK8

SITE INFORMATION

On the northern shores of West Basin in Lake Burley Griffin, this area provides the triathlon swimming training course. Currently this area is undergoing major civil works as part of the ACT Government’s City to the Lake project.

This area is within walking distance to the city centre of Canberra.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

Monitoring Frequency

Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal) is sampled weekly from October 8th to April 8th.

Source Information

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).

Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).

Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:

Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (?50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ?125,000 cells/ml) levels.

The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week during the season with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at
https://www.nca.gov.au/national-land/lake-burley-griffin-management/lake-water-quality

Follow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.

Water quality information and data requests can be sent to lakeburleygriffin@nca.gov.au

Water Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

Water Quality Graph

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